A few weeks ago my daily newspaper (Sagittarius rules publishing and the media in general along with religion) contained a DVD called The Obsession, an “expose” of Islamic Sharia law. Evidently the film was made in 2005 and was distributed to 28 million homes.
Aziz Poonawalla, my new blogging brother here on BeliefNet, reported yesterday that a mosque in Dayton, Ohio was teargassed and suggests that the spread of fear through this DVD was directly responsible. Several bloggers are researching the source of the DVD and have come up with a group called the Clarion Fund. Aziz writes,
Anyone who tries to disclaim any link between this despicable attack and the release of 20 million copies of the Obsession DVD is either a fool or a liar. That DVD was intended to bring about precisely this kind of demonization. What is most shocking about the Obsession DVD is that it is most likely funded by the very people you would think would know all too well the wages of this kind of directed hate, scapegoating, and fear-mongering.
Incidentally, it doesn’t stop here. There’s a new Islamophobic film due to be released in early October, in time for Eid al Fitr: The Third Jihad. This is a “tsunami of Islamophobia” that is clearly aimed at influencing the election in November.
Follow the links, they’re very interesting. One links to Richard Silverstein’s blog, which supports peace between Israelis and Arabs, suggesting that the Clarion Fund is run by the Republican Jewish Coalition. I’m old enough to remember when there were no Jewish Republicans, so that whole idea to me is bizarre enough. But it seemed to me that the release of this DVD right before the election is meant to create fear in the minds of Americans about Barack Obama, and a quick look at their website confirmed my suspicions with the headline: Barack Obama: Pro-Palestinian, Anti-Israel, even hostile to America.
This kind of fear (Pluto) through religion (Sagittarius) is what we’ve been dealing with over the past thirteen years, and with Pluto completing its tour through Sagittarius through December, it’s not quite finished. The dissemination of xenophobia through the newspaper, both under the province of Sagittarius, is a terrible but fitting symbol of the conclusion of this Pluto in Sag period.